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A visit with Edith

Sometimes, it’s nice to go on a little day trip to some place inspiring.

The Mount - Edith Wharton

Yesterday, I had the delight of visiting The Mount, the summer home of author Edith Wharton, with my mom and her friend (my second mother). The 107-year-old home was designed by Ms. Wharton, who valued simplicity, symmetry and details.

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Plus, she also liked mint paint.

The Mount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The home was recently restored to recreate the detailed plaster work and thoughtful place settings at her table. Despite the gloomy weather outside, bright light filled the interior, especially the nooks and crannies she liked to write in.

While the home was beautiful, my favorite part was the gardens.

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Despite it being fall, plenty of plants were still in bloom. Any gardner who can still be tending to waves of color in late September is basically a deity in my opinion.

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Who wouldn’t fall in love with a space like that? I spent the whole tour asking my mother if she thought they did weddings and how much it would be. Not that I’m anywhere near that point, but it can’t hurt to have a place in mind. Can it?

On a side note, there was a frog that appeared to be stuck in the little pond. I wanted to rescue it, so I, of course, hand my mother my phone and hop over the little border garden to catch the frog. This concerned one middle aged woman, but not anyone who knew me as I splashed around after it. I did not get the frog, but mumsie did get this picture.

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Goodbye Apartment

This morning, I bid goodbye to my sunny apartment in Gardner, and in a weird and slightly unexpected turn of events, I’m going to miss it.

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To be clear, it was not a nice apartment. It was barely insulated, the walls and floors were in bad condition, most of the rooms were a hideous brown. The neighbors came with their own batch of concerns.

However, the neighbors had good days, like when Don gave me his sunflower and the fat cat Addie became friends with. I loved, loved, loved my bright white living room. My walking loop had a lovely pond full of wildlife (like an otter). Best of all, I could have little Adeline there.

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This was my reading area. Sometimes I would move the chairs out of the way so I could do yoga in the morning light. The chairs were both Craig’s List finds. I redid the stool myself after my grandfather gave it to me. The bookshelf, dog bed and such are all things I made.

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My desk with it’s tangled mess of cords is where I created everything. I built the top with my brother, and triangle shelves next to it are something I designed and my dad helped me build. It was, by far, the most difficult project we’ve ever undertaken but I love my mountain shelves.

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Side note: Martha Stewart paint is definitely the best coverage. I swear by it.

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My favorite thing about the room is that just about everything is thrifted, a hand me down or handmade. The rug was a $4 find at a flea market, the couch was from Craig’s List, I made the pillows, the trunk was my grandfather’s when he was in the Navy, I made the light fixture, painted the deer skull and so on. Heck, even Addie is a little rescue creature.

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This apartment came at a time when I really needed just a little bit of space to figure stuff out. I got that, but I also got Cinco de Mayo parties, nights of making flowers crowns on the floor with good people and lots and lots of memories that prove I will be okay. It showed me I can craft the life I want to live and that I have choices.

So yeah, I’ll miss my little space. But not enough to pay the electric bill this winter.

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Apple Spice Popcorn

I can not stop eating this popcorn. It’s basically the best thing ever.

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This is very quickly becoming my favorite fall snack. I can eat a large mixing bowl of it in like an hour, which is probably not a good thing, but it’s just so very good.

It’s pretty easy to make.

You need:
1 Apple diced as small as possible
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/4 cup of popcorn kernels

To make:
Pop your kernels according to your direction
In a pot, melt down your butter and coconut oil. Then toss in the sugar,apples and cinnamon. On medium heat, let this cook down until the apples are soft. Then mix the sauce and the popcorn and enjoy!

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It’s really superbly good. And, it goes great with tea and a book.

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5 Ways to Style Short Hair

I have dreams of long, wavy hair. The type of hair you see in hipster feed on Instagram with the #authentic.

Unfortunately, the hairdresser who does $15 haircuts does not share that vision. She believes in cutting off the hair I did grow, putting me back an estimated year and a half in growth. I was not pleased with Great Clips, not even a little. It was not a great clip.

So I did what anyone with a bad haircut would do: I turned to Pinterest. Here’s five styles I found.

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Found here. Note this link goes back to Pinterest and the pin doesn’t direct to a working blog, but the hair is still cool.

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Found here.

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Found here.

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Found here. Also this whole blog is super cute.

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Found here.

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Well that’s embarrassing: My Craig’s List Blunder

Do you ever do something and then instantly know that was a bad idea?

Yeah. That was me earlier today.

The credenza in question

The credenza in question

I have been desperately trying to sell a credenza on Craig’s List as part of my break up move out (you just don’t throw away vintage. It’s a crime). A few days ago, I had a buyer all lined up and then the ex just screwed it up royally. It was unfortunate.

So after sending a profuse apology to buyer 1 and not hearing back from her I reposted it. Then buyer 1 said she still “wanted to look at it” and I said okay. However, we never arranged a time.

In the meantime, another person sent me her phone number and said she definitely would want to buy it and could pick it up that day. I knew it was wrong to screw buyer 1 over a second time, but buyer 2 was a sure thing so I went for it and then broke the bad news to buyer 1.

Buyer 1 — who then said she definitely would have bought it — was not pleased with me, and I feel bad.

Right after it happened, it quickly dawned on me what I should have done. I should have told buyer 1 about buyer 2, and asked her if she was serious about buying it or if I should go with buyer 2. That would have been the best way to clarify the situation and not screw anyone over.

Live and you learn.

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DIY Branch Air Plant Hanger

Hi guys!

Still air plant week over at these parts.

So once I had seven plant holders I needed a way to hang them without putting seven holes in the wall, because this is a rental. Then I got remembered this Pintrest pin, that I had loved. It’s like a whole garden on a wall.

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And I said I can do something like that.

So I went on a walk, found a tree with a dead branch I liked (I promise it was dead) and ripped it off the tree and brought it home. I’m basically a lumberjack.

Once I got it home, I wrapped some pink embroidery around the ends, about an inch on each side to add some color, and then tied the ends to create a loop.

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From there, I just strung the plants on and hung the branch on the wall (only two nails – not seven).

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This is what it looked like.

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Macrame Air Plant Holder

Hi People!

It’s air plant week in celebration of my new Air Plants I bought at Brimfield (objectively the best flea market in New England).

Today, we are talking about what to ‘plant’ the kiddos in. Now, as the name suggests, they don’t need dirt. Instead, they feed off of dust and water. A popular way to display them is in handing glass jars, although the vendor I bought my plants from recommended against that. He said they like to have more air than they can get in the glass container, however based on my reading that seems conservative.

For my plants, I made some macrame holders, and you can to.

For supplies you need: string, wooden beads, a nail to hang it on the wall and help push the sting through the beads

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To start, fold the three string in half tie a simple loop knot. Then string the beads onto two of the strings. Tie a knot under the bead to keep it from sliding. Repeat until it looks like so:

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Then create another row of beads. Making this pattern.

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When that’s done, tie a simple knot at the end holding everything together like a little net.

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Then add your air plant and you are good to go.

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Air Plant Week! How to care for your air plants

Guys!

I picked up four new air plants at Brimfield Flea Market last week, bringing my total up to seven air babies. They are lovely.

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In honor of my new babies, I though I would share some tips about how to how to care for them, as dictated to me by the seller “Mother Nature’s Gifts.”

– Once a week submerge the plants in water for 10 minutes.

– In between soaks, spray the kiddos down with a spray bottle. I picked up one for 92 cents at Walmart.

-If the leaves start to curl in, it means they want more water.

– If you want to give them a fertilizer use either orchid food or Peter’s All Purpose at half strength. They recommended staying away from miracle grow.

– They prefer bright light all day, but will settle for a few hours of sun in the morning or afternoon.

– After the plants flower, they will make little air plant babies. Typically, one to eight new growths will sprout off the plant. Once they get to half the size of the original plant, you can clip them off and let them start their own lives.

Hope this helps!

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RIT Dye and Candles

Hello!

I was making some candles the other day and I became really curious about what would happen if I threw some liquid RIT dye into the wax. This is how it turned out.

Since the liquid Dye is water soluble, instead of mixing with the wax it settles into pockets.

Since the liquid Dye is water soluble, instead of mixing with the wax it settles into pockets.

Since the liquid dye is water soluble, it doesn’t mix wax at all, creating a water and oil effect. If you mix it well — a fork worked best — you can break up the dye into little bubble and spread it through the wax.

As the wax cools, the dye starts to settle in. I found that if you cool it in the fridge the dye has a lot of time to settle towards the bottom, but if you cool it in the freezer the dye will remain a little more spread out.

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Anyways, when I Googled it I wasn’t coming up with results that would show me what the end result would look like, so I thought I would make a record for the Internet.

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Saw it on Pinterest: Dip Dyed Shoes

Like most people, not every diy I do is a new idea. Sometimes, I see it on pinterest and just saw I want to do that. Such was the case with my dip dyed shoes.

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These shoes were based on this popular Pinterest pin, which originates at DIY Selfies.

After seeing and falling in love with the pin, my sister and I decided to try it out. I made pink ones and she went for black one. We used RIT dye, a rag, vaseline and $8 for cheap white shoes at Kmart.

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We found it best to go easy on the vaseline, because it can be difficult to get off later. The rest was pretty straight forward, dip and then use the rag to gently pull the dye up the sides of the shoe in an ombre effect. Dipping the rag in water can help to spread the dye around.

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Then you hang them out to dry.

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As a note, as my sister will show you, this can get messy. So if you care about your hands look like for the next week, you should wear gloves.

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